Premier League

Spurs back in for James

The Daily Mirror is reporting that Tottenham have renewed their interest in Portsmouth’s David James. Their initial offer will be a loan deal for the England keeper but Pompey are likely to ask for a cash sum on top of his wages. Tottenham are short of cover in the goalkeeping position after Carlo Cudicini’s accident and after assessing his options Redknapp still feels that James is the best option.

James is now fully fit after missing a number of games with injury this season. However he is unlikely to feature again for Portsmouth as this would trigger a clause in his contract that would force the club to extend his deal on ages that they just could not afford. This leaves James in limbo as he needs to be playing first-team football to ensure a place in Capello’s World Cup squad so he is seeking a move away from the club.

Stoke were believed to be close to a deal last week but it broke down over Pompey’s wage contribution demands; Tony Pulis may yet renew his interest. Redknapp worked with James at Portsmouth and though Gomes has been in good form for Spurs, he is keen to bring in experienced coved for the Brazilian.

Daniel Levy has told Redknapp that he must sell before he can but with a deal to take Pavlyuchenko to Russia imminent, he is likely to have some money t o spend. Levy prefers signing players with a significant resale value but a loan deal for James or a permanent deal for a nominal fee could still happen with his permission.

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